Received a condemned rating from the Legion of Decency for "irreverent use of Scripture" and "lustful complications." Even after the studio made the changes demanded, distribution was sharply cut by cities refusing to book it.
Joan Crawford intended to portray her character without any make-up but Crawford later told 'Silver Screen' magazine that she cheated and used Vaseline on her eyelids, eyebrows, and lips to retain moisture. In one scene while using the top of an old tomato can as a mirror Crawford applied brilliantine to her hair.
Director Frank Borzage said Joan Crawford was a trouper but did not mention a particular day in the jungle when Crawford, preceded by Clark Gable passed under a tree with an eight-foot python coiled on a branch overhead. "That son-of-a-b-h is alive!" screamed Crawford, looking upward. "Yes, but its jaws are shut tight with a rubber band," Borzage explained. "What happens if the f-king rubber band snaps?" Crawford asked, and refused to repeat the scene.
This film received its initial television broadcast in Seattle Friday 14 December 1956 on KING (Channel 5), followed by New Haven CT 28 December 1956 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Hartford CT 18 January 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Portland OR 2 February 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by New York City 7 February 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Philadelphia 8 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Altoona PA 2 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Minneapolis 3 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and by Chicago 13 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it finally reached Los Angeles 13 December 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and San Francisco 24 January 1959 on KGO (Channel 7).